Business Grants

Active Grants

The Australian government is providing temporary cash flow support for eligible SME’s and NFP’s that employ staff. This funding will help with cashflow towards continued operations and payment of bills such as rent and electricity, and staff retention. This will be delivered through two phases of cash flow boosts
through credits in the activity statement system – the first will be released from 28th April 2020.

Eligible businesses and NFP’s will not need to apply – they only need to lodge their activity statement to receive
the credit.

To see whether you’ll be eligible visit the Government’s Treasury website.

Business Growth Services

If your business has high growth potential, Business Growth Services can help you to develop the skills, knowledge, strategies and connections you need to accelerate growth.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be given access to specialist services, expertise and networks to help your business grow.

Eligibility :To apply, you must meet the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme eligibility criteria.

Visit the programme page below for more information about eligibility requirements.

Program Status :Now open for applications.

Agency :AusIndustry

Web :http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Business-Growth-Services

Business Evaluations are free of charge to eligible businesses.

Experienced Business Advisers visit businesses to understand and review how the business is run and identify areas of improvement.

After the Business Evaluation is completed, an Evaluation Report with recommendations on how to improve business operations will be given to the business owner.

Business Evaluations are part of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

Eligibility : Eligibility criteria apply.
Program Status :Open for applications.
Agency :AusIndustry
Web :http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Business-Evaluation

The ​Single Business Service provides a point of contact for information and referral services on issues such as obtaining finance, managing your cash flow, industry support programs, independent contracting, retail leasing, marketing, and stress and hardship counselling.

You can access the Single Business Service by email, web chat or phone.

Eligibility :All Australian businesses are welcome to access these services, including small businesses and independent contractors.

Program Status :Assistance is available Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm AEST.
Agency :AusIndustry
Web :Single Business Service

Energy Saver Program – NSW

This program can help your business to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Eligibility :This program is best suited to organisations that spend more than $80,000 a year on electricity.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.

Agency :Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH)

Web: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/business/energy-saver

Outback Business Networks

Develops networks and business opportunities by facilitating training programs, information sessions, meetings, collaborative projects and forums.

Eligibility :Targets businesses in certain remote regions of Australia in the following industries: creative, local produce, mining services, sustainable building, and tourism.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.
Agency : Desert Knowledge Australia
Web :http://www.desertknowledge.com.au

Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

Supports investment in product development and marketing activities in the regional NSW visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis with the aim of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

Eligibility : Applicants must be registered for GST and located in regional NSW. For further eligibility requirements please check website.

Program Status : Closing dates vary, please check the website for details.
Agency :Destination NSW
Web :http://www.destinationnsw.com.au/tourism/business-development-resources

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Provides training and business set-up mentoring assistance to enable eligible unemployed people to become self supporting and independent of Centrelink by establishing and running their own business.

Eligibility :Potential applicants must be 18 years or over, registered for unemployment benefits through Centrelink, have a viable business idea and be willing to complete the course and follow-up components of the program.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Employment
Web :http://employment.gov.au/new-enterprise-incentive-scheme

JobAccess
If you’re employing a person with a disability, this program can help you with free information and advice.

JobAccess advisors can be contacted for confidential expert advice on employing people with disabilities and you can access the workplace adjustment tool to work out how to make your workplace more accessible.

Eligibility :Anyone employing or considering employing a person with a disability is encouraged to access this program.

Program Status :Contact the Agency at any time to get more information about this program.
Agency :Department of Employment
Web :http://jobaccess.gov.au

This program supports small to medium technology enterprises to engage with potential customers. The aim is to create an innovative business-to-business (B2B) solution that focuses on rapid development of business-driven solutions that enable new products, services or more efficient processes.

Eligibility :
Providing solutions for business in the following sectors is highly desirable:
e-health
advanced manufacturing
energy technologies and services
online and interactive education
transport, logistics and infrastructure.

For further eligibility criteria please contact the Agency.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Trade and Investment
Web :http://www.trade.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/innovation-and-research/innovate-nsw/minimum-viable-product-program

This program provides financial support to Australian businesses who employ eligible job seekers aged 50 or older.

Eligibility :To apply, you must be a legal entity with an ABN. Eligibility criteria also applies to the person being employed. Please refer to the agency for more information.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Employment
Web :Restart Wage Subsidy

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation helps Australian entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, commercialisation offices, and small and medium businesses with the challenges of commercialising novel intellectual property.
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Eligibility :To apply, you must meet the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme eligibility criteria. Visit the programme page below for more information about eligibility requirements.

Program Status :Now open for applications.
Agency :AusIndustry
Web :http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Accelerating-Commercialisation

Office of State Revenue Small Business Grant

The NSW Office of State revenue (OSR)’s Small Business Grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

To be eligible for the grant your business must:
•have an active ABN
•not have a payroll tax liability, during the 12 month employment period of a new person as at 30 June of the financial year.

A business will receive the grant if all the following employment conditions are met:
•A person is employed in a position that is a new job.
•The employment commences on or after 1 July 2015 and before 1 July 2019.
•The employment is maintained for a period of 12 months.
•Your number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, prior to creating a new position must increase and be maintained over a 12 month period.
•The services of the employee are performed wholly or mainly in NSW.

To receive the grant, the minimum employment for the new job is 12 months starting on the date the employment is commenced.

For more information and the online application form, http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants/sbg

Innovation Connections

If you’re a small or medium sized business, Innovation Connections can help you work with the research sector. The programme aims to help businesses grow by:developing new ideas that have commercial value finding any current knowledge gaps preventing business growth.

If your business is eligible, you’ll be matched with a Facilitator who will assess your business for growth opportunities.

Eligibility :Check the programme page for eligibility criteria.

Program Status :Open for applications.

Agency :AusIndustry

Web : http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Innovation-Connections/Pages/default.aspx

Closes: Ongoing rounds through the year
Value: Up to $140,000
Run By: Impact Investing Australia
Provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.